Today in Worcester hockey history: November 6


1996 at Carolina 4-2 win
The Worcester IceCats scored three second period goals to defeat the Monarchs 4-2. David Nemirovsky had the only goal of the first period, at 10:14 while shorthanded, to give Carolina the 1-0 lead after one. Gary Leeman then put the ‘Cats in the lead with two goals in a row, the first coming at 1:01 of the second period when from behind the net he banked the puck off Monarchs netminder Kevin Weekes and into the goal. Alex Vasilevskii had the lone helper. The second goal from Leeman came from a booming slapshot from the left circle at 8:20, with Justin Hocking and Vasilevskii helping. Rory Fitzpatrick closed out the scoring in the frame for the IceCats at 12:51, assisted by Chris Kenady. Ryan Johnson made it 3-2 with an unassisted goal just 16 seconds into the third period. Konstantin Shafranov iced the game with an empty-netter at 19:27, assisted by Vasilevskii. Weekes ended up making 43 saves for Carolina, while Jamie McLennan had 24 to earn the win.

1997 at Saint John 6-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then watched it all fall apart in a 6-3 loss to the Flames in game that saw 174 penalty minutes and both goaltenders involved in a late third period fracas. Robert Petrovicky got the ‘Cats on the board at 6:19 of the first with an unassisted goal after picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated through the defense at the Saint John end and scored. Dennis Wright made it 2-0 on the power play at 10:22 when he tipped Nick Naumenko’s wrist shot into the net. Petrovicky had the secondary assist. Hnat Domenichelli got the Flames within one with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 13:25, followed by Paxton Schulte tying it 2-2 at 15:12. Schulte scored again on the power play at 17:14 to give Saint John the lead. In the second period Travis Brigley made it 4-2 at 7:34, but Naumenko got the ‘Cats within one just before the period was over with a five on three power play goal at 19:40. Ricard Persson had the helper on the play. In the third period Domenichelli added his second unassisted shortie of the game at 2:53, and Eric Charron made it 6-3 with a power play goal at 8:01. At 15:32 of the third all twelve players on the ice matched up after Rocky Thompson jumped off the bench and started throwing punches on a virtually defenseless Wright. Fred Cassivi made 24 saves in the game, and picked up a leaving the crease minor in the battle. [210Sports note: Thompson was suspended six games for leaving the bench to start an altercation. Reed Low escaped the same punishment because the player he started throwing punches with, Jamie Allison, was the puck carrier so technically eligible to be hit as Low came off the bench.]

1998 vs Portland 4-2 win
The Worcester IceCats and Portland Pirates were tied after 40 minutes of play, but two late game goals by the ‘Cats gave them the 4-2 victory. Kent Hulst opened the scoring in the first period at 2:43. Tyson Nash would then tie the game at 13:10, with Dan Corso and Jason Widmer picking up the assists. Terry Yake gave Worcester the lead at 14:36, with Reed Low and Lubos Bartecko grabbing points on the play. Portland’s Mike Peluso would have the only goal of the middle frame, on the power play at 1:24, so tie the game 2-2 after two periods of play. In the third Derek Bekar would break the tie with a goal assisted by Shayne Toporowski and Tyler Harlton at 15:55. Bartecko would seal the victory with an empty net goal at 19:27, with Bryce Salvador and Tyson Nash assisting. Brent Johnson had 22 saves for the victory.

1999 at Hershey 6-3 win
(TICKER) Marty Reasoner and Jim Campbell each had two goals and an assist as the Worcester Ice Cats doubled up the Hershey Bears, 6-3. Reasoner opened the scoring with a power-play goal six minutes into the game and added an empty-netter with 72 seconds left. Campbell gave Worcester a 3-1 lead with seven minutes left in the middle session and added a power-play tally with seven minutes left in the game. Marc Brown’s first point of the season proved to be the game-winning goal for the Ice Cats, who improved to 1-2-1 on the road. Mike Gaul scored a power-play goal midway through the final frame after collecting his 12th assist of the year for Hershey, which lost for the first time in seven road games

2004 vs Portland 4-3 OTL
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats rallied back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to force overtime, but ultimately lost 4-3 to the Portland Pirates Saturday night. Worcester’s six-game winning-streak and five-game home unbeaten record was snapped with the loss. Portland used goals by Owen Fussey and Trent Whitfield to take a 2-0 lead into the third period. They were out shot 16-6 in the middle frame but were back-boned by the solid goaltending of Maxime Ouellet (33 saves). Brendan Brooks made it a 2-1 game just 2:45 into the third before Michel Periard reclaimed Portland’s two-goal lead at 6:43. Peter Sejna and Jon DiSalvatore scored one minute apart beginning at 8:30 to tie the game and guarantee the ?Cats a standings point. Portland’s Brooks Laich banged home the decisive goal 2:30 into the five minute overtime. Worcester’s Curtis Sanford stopped 20 of 24 shots in his second loss of the season.

2009 vs Manchester 2-1 win SO
(WORSHARKS) In a heated shootout, the Sharks defeated the first place Monarchs 2-1 on Friday night at the DCU Center riding on the goals from Dwight Helminen and Danny Groulx. Manchester’s Jonathan Bernier had 45 saves on the night, while Alex Stalock stopped 29 for Worcester. The Monarchs started the scoring at 4:22 in the first on the power play when David Kolomatis popped one past Worcester’s Alex Stalock through a screen. Worcester led in shots 14-8, but the Monarchs held their 1-0 lead after 20:00 minutes of play. At 4:25 in the second period, Matt Jones fed to Nicholas Petrecki who fired a slapshot from the blue line, which was tipped in by Dwight Helminen to give the Sharks their first goal of the night. The third period went scoreless, leaving each team with one goal and forcing overtime. Both the Sharks and Monarchs came close to scoring during the five minute overtime, but neither side capitalized. Worcester outshot the Monarchs 46-30 through 65 minutes. The shootout featured nine shooters per side. Worcester’s second shooter Dwight Helminen scored first. Manchester’s fifth shooter Trevor Lewis pushed one by Stalock to even the score. Danny Groulx, Worcester’s final shooter in the 9th round, had the game-winning goal to snag the 2-1 win for the Sharks. Tonight marked first shootout win of the season for the Sharks. With the win, the Sharks move to 8-3-0-1 (17 points) on the season.

2010 vs Manchester 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Sean Sullivan scored the Sharks third power play goal of the game with exactly six minutes remaining in the third period to propel Worcester to a 3-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday night. Jonathan Cheechoo scored in his second straight game and Steven Zalewski added two assists in the victory. Alex Stalock made 18 saves in his 4th victory in net as the Sharks improved to 3-0-0-1 in their last four games. Neither team would score in a defensive minded first period as the Sharks killed off two Manchester power play chances. Both Alex Stalock and Jeff Zatkoff were steady in goal as Worcester outshot the Monarchs 12-8 after a scoreless opening period. The Sharks would strike for two consecutive power play goals to open the second period. Jonathan Cheechoo (5th) gave Worcester a 1-0 lead after he fired the puck past Zatkoff from on top of the crease after a terrific behind the back pass from behind the net by James Marcou at 2:55. Brandon Mashinter (4th) gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead at 4:50 with a quick snap shot from the left slot after a great feed by Steven Zalewski from the Monarch’s goal line. Ray Kaunisto (2nd) got the Monarchs on the board at 8:02 on the breakaway and Oscar Moller (1st) deflected in a shot from on top of the circles by Dwight King at 14:41 to tie the score at 2-2. Shots were 15-14 in favor of Worcester through forty minutes of play. Dwight King was whistled for boarding at 12:22 after he hit Nick Schaus from behind deep in the Sharks zone and the Worcester power play made him pay. Sean Sullivan (2nd) scored from behind the net after he fired the puck off Zatkoff and into the twine at 14:00 after Zatkoff could not handle the original shot by Zalewski. The Monarchs were awarded a late power play but the Sharks were able to hang on for the 3-2 victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 5-3-1-2 (13pts) and to 3-1-1-1 (8pts) at the DCU Center.

2018 at Newfoundland 3-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-6-0-0, 6pts) dropped their fourth straight game with a 3-1 loss to the host Newfoundland Growlers (8-5-0-0, 16pts) in front of 2,618 fansat the Mile One Centre on Tuesday evening. Josh Holmstrom scored his team leading fifth goal of the season while Mitch Gillam made 30 saves in his first start since his loan back from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as the Railers offense has scored just four goals in their last four games. Rookie Josh Kestner scored twice for the Growlers while Michael Garteig made 30 saves as Newfoundland won their season high third straight game. Newfoundland went ahead in the opening period as Derian Plouffe (2nd) raced down the middle and had his initial shot stopped by netminder Mitch Gillam but the puck then went off a skate in front and past Gillam at 11:37 to give the Growlers a 1-0 lead. Worcester would even the score at 14:29 as Josh Holmstrom (5th) took a centering feed from Woody Hudson and then scored on his own rebound for his team leading 5th goal of the season. Shots were 13-7 through 20 minutes of play in favor of the Railers in a 1-1 hockey game. Neither team scored in the second period as shots were 12-7 in the middle frame in favor of Newfoundland as both goaltenders made some nice saves. The two clubs headed to the second intermission in a 1-1 draw. Josh Kestner (5th and 6th) got the game winning goal at 3:58 of the third period and added an insurance strike at 10:42 on the power play as Newfoundland pulled away in the final frame for the 3-1 victory.


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